Martha’s Vineyard All Stars and Angels still swinging in playoffs

MV Babe Ruth All Star Aidan Aliberti works on his pick-off move Monday during practice, in preparation for Tuesday's playoff game vs. Plymouth. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Babe Ruth baseball playoffs continued last week, with two Island teams — the 13 Year Old All Star team and the Vineyard Angels — still in the hunt for hardware.

The 13 Year Old All Stars, coached by David Smith, advanced to the second round of the Babe Ruth World Series District 7 double elimination tournament in Wareham with a 3-1 win over host Sandwich on Saturday. Jack Sayre earned the three-hit complete game win, fanning eight and walking none over seven innings. The Vineyard had five hits on the day, one each from Sam Bresnick, Elias Fhagen-Smith, Mitchell Chaves, Curtis Fournier, and Theo Gallagher.

The Vineyarders played Tuesday afternoon against Plymouth with a berth in the District 7 finals on the line.

Following the District 7 tournament, the Island team will play in three local tournaments this month, first in Mansfield, then Attleboro, and finally, July 27-28, at the Dan Duquette complex in Hinsdale.

The Vineyard Angels of the Babe Ruth Division currently hold a 1-0 lead in the best of three semifinal series against Mashpee. The second and third (if necessary) games of the series have yet to be scheduled as of press time.

The Varsity Division Vineyard Astros reached the semifinals but lost to Dennis-Yarmouth two games to none, both by 2-1 scores. Jonas Lukowitz was 1 for 1 in the opener, June 25, with two walks and a run scored. Aksel Cooperrider pitched well for the ‘Stros, allowing three hits and a walk, while striking out six in six innings of work. In the series finale on June 27, Chris Mayhew ceded just one hit and two walks through six innings.